October Staff Recommendations

This month we experimented by choosing an optional theme for our October recommendations:  “Spooky!”  We hope you enjoy these selections!


October MPL Staff Recommendations


  • Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs. “Sometimes the Oldies are still the Goodies, such as with this awesome book about the unlikely an awe inspiring events leading up to a English nobleman’s baby being raised by apes in the darkest, wild jungles of Africa. We have all seen and heard about Tarzan, but experience the way the story was was intended by reading the  original and un-Hollywood-ized version.”  ~Rolando
  • Robert B. Parker’s Blind Spot, by Reed Farrel Coleman. “A continuation of Robert B. Parker’s ‘Jesse Stone’ series by Reed Coleman; answers some questions we’ve all had about Jesse’s prematurely ended pro baseball career.” ~John
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin. “This has the makings for an enthralling read: characters who grew close as youngsters but now living very different lives, a disappeared woman who knew them both and a Southern backdrop. It will keep you turning the pages!”  ~Beverly
  • Christine, by Stephen King. “One of my favorites from the master of the horror genre.”  ~John
  • Duma Key, by Stephen King.  “This book is the exact right combination of thrills and chills, and (strangely) one of the funniest scenes I’ve ever read!  Leave it to Stephen King to take you on a wild and spooky ride that you’ll never forget.”  ~Elizabeth
  • The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe, by Edgar Allen Poe.  “One of the most influential writers in the development of horror fiction, some of Poe’s stories such as “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Masque of the Red Death” can still produce a shudder in the right atmosphere.”  ~Robert
  • Killing Kind, by Bryan Smith.  “I found it oddly compelling.”  ~Sean

Young Adult Fiction

Juvenile Fiction

  • Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, by Bruce Coville. “I have always loved this book. A boy buys what he thinks is a beautiful stone, then finds out it’s actually a dragon’s egg and that he has to hatch it, name it, and deal with what it takes to take care of it! Bruce Coville is a fantastic writer.”  ~Jacqui
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving. “I still relish the memory of suspense when, as a five-year-old, I saw Disney’s animated version of this classic American tale. Still, nothing beats reading the book, and Bryan Brown’s new edition will put you right in the saddle with poor ol’ Ichabod Crane. So ride at your own risk.”  ~Richard
  • Night of the Living Dummy, by R.L. Stine. “An oldie but goodie! A classic story that will give you chills, thrills and maybe a few sleepless nights!”  ~Amy
  • The Dollhouse Murders, by Betty Ren Wright. “This is an oldie but goodie type of book. It is a classic spooky story that will make you sleep with the lights on. ”  ~April


  •  The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge, by Michael Punke. “How far will you go to seek revenge on the people who did you wrong? Set in the 1820s Hugh Glass goes through obstacles and does anything to survive in the wilderness.”  ~Christina


  • The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis. [248 Lew]
    • “This classic is a portrayal of human life from the vantage point of Screwtape, a senior tempter from the depths below, and his nephew Wormwood. This is a humorous, and sometimes quite serious account of temptation, and the triumph over it. This book is a must-read.”  ~Jacqui
    • “It is written in a satirical, epistolary style and while it is fictional in format, the plot and characters are used to address Christian theological issues, primarily those to do with temptation and resistance to it. First published in February 1942, the story takes the form of a series of letters from a senior Demon Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood, a Junior Tempter. The uncle’s mentorship pertains to the nephew’s responsibility for securing the damnation of a British man known only as ‘the Patient’.”  ~Gabriel
  • More Scary Stories to tell in the Dark, by Diana Kennedy. [J 398.2 Sch]  “I’ve always loved this series, the short stories make this book an easy read and the illustrations are just as creepy as the stories. Awesome book!”  ~April
  • Spooky Texas…, by Schlosser, S.E. [TX 398.2097 Sch]  “These stories will cause you to double check that you locked the door before going to bed at night!”  ~Beverly
  • Bats, by M. Brock Fenton. [599.4 Fen c1]  “Bats are fascinating creatures that have an important role in nature, and in the RGV community.  Plus they are weirdly adorable!”  ~Elizabeth
  • Come Along With Me, by Shirley Jackson. [818.54 Jac c1] “Few authors have a talent for tapping into our fears and fantasies quite as well as Shirley Jackson, as seen in this collection that that spans her entire literary career.” ~Sara
  •  Gilgamesh, translated by John Gardner. [892.1 Gil]  “Here be proof that ‘The Lord of the Rings’ was actually written 4,000 years ago. ‘New spindle, same old yarn,’ as grandpa would have quoth. M-hmm, but still a good read after all these millennia.”  ~Richard
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt. [975.8 Ber]  “Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in an isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case.”  ~Dawn


  • Alien, directed by Ridley Scott. [BLU 791.43 Ali]  “Unlike it’s many sequels, the original Alien is actually closer to a horror film than an action movie and the slow buildup of tension through the beginning of the film leads to a fantastic payoff.”  ~Robert
  • John Carter, directed by Andrew Stanton. [Y BLU 791.43 Joh]  “Even though this BluRay DVD is a Hollywoodized version of a story by one of my favorite authors, Edgar Rice Burroughs, it is still extremely exciting and entertaining. This movie is based on Burroughs’ BARSOOM series beginning with “A Princess of Mars.” So ask any librarian to help you check out those books as well! ”  ~Rolando
  • The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick. [BLU 791.43 Shi]  “The best recommendation I can give is this- so scary I couldn’t watch the whole thing!  A horror movie classic, and not one of those classics that’s not scary anymore.”  ~Julia
  • The Ring, directed by Gore Verbinski. [DVD 791.4372 Rin]  “Another horror movie classic from 2002, this one is based on the Japanese novel by Koji Suzuki.  You’ll never look at your TV the same way again!”  ~Julia
  • The Seventh Seal, directed by Ingmar Bergman. [BLU 791.4372 Sju ]  “It is a Sweedish Black and White film about a crusader who’s faith is wavering, he wants knowledge and to do something meaningful in his life when Death attempts to take him he enters into a chess match with Death in order to buy time and complete at least one meaningful thing. ”  ~Jessica
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, directed by Bill Melendez. [J DVD 791.45 It’]  “Linus makes preparations for the arrival of The Great Pumpkin, whom he believes will rise from the pumpkin patch and deliver presents to all the good little boys and girls. You can also expect the beloved mishaps of the entire Peanuts gang in this Halloween classic.”  ~Dawn

Please enjoy these “spooky” selections!

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